We take a look back at highlights of some of the TV interviews that have sparked debate, either due to the contents of the interview or the manner with which it was conducted.
1. Deputy President William Ruto and Mark Maasai
Twitter went abuzz after an interview Deputy President William Ruto had with NTV news anchor Mark Masai where he dodged questions, thereby frustrating the scribe.
During the interview, Masai was overpowered by the DP when the journalist attempted to get Ruto to disclose the source of his wealth.
The journalist went on to ask the DP to categorise himself as either a poor man or a wealthy man to which Ruto responded: “I wouldn’t say that I’m a poor man.” He also declined to say that he was wealthy.
The DP’s curt responses sparked hilarious comments from those who watched the interview while others expressed anger with his witty way of evading questions.
2. Richard Quest and Reverend Kathy Kiuna
Reverend Kathy Kiuna of Jubilee Christian Church addressed critics who wondered why she lives a very lavish lifestyle during an interview with CNN journalist Richard Quest.
When Quest posed the question to her, she defended herself by explaining that God had called her to love life and live it well.
“When you hear the criticism with you and hear the criticism of your husband, you’ve seen criticism about your personal lives, what hurts you?” asked Quest.
“It really doesn’t hurt, because if you don’t know me you’re gonna say things, you can be well off but that doesn’t mean you’re not humble.
“I think I am a very humble human being, but I believe that God has called us to live life and live well,” she added.
3. Miguna Miguna and Jeff Koinange
Self-styled National Resistance Movement (NRM) General Miguna Miguna got into a heated argument with Citizen TV‘s Jeff Koinange on his show, JKL, over his nomination as Nairobi County Deputy Governor.
As Koinange sought to get a definitive answer on whether Miguna could work with Governor Mike Sonko, Miguna got agitated as he demanded to address his deportation and the court orders issued in his favor.
He dismissed Jeff’s assertion that everybody was interested to know his decision before tearing into the presenter whom he accused of looking for diversionary tactics and making derogatory remarks against him.
“We were doing this interview because you made derogatory remarks about me, you claimed that I was not a Kenyan citizen and I wanted you to prove today where you got that information from,” he affirmed.
4. Lual Malong and Jeff Koinange
Journalist Jeff Koinange was bashed by Kenyans online for hosting former South Sudan Chief of General Staff Paul Malong.
During the Sunday Live interview which airs on Sunday, Koinange hosted the South Sudanese who was accused of having embezzled huge sums of money from his country.
Kenyans online termed the interview as a ‘cleansing exercise’ one to try and salvage the image of Malong.
Malong maintained that anything he did which linked him to the situation in South Sudan was under instructions from the administration.
5. Uhuru Kenyatta and Christiane Amanpour
President Uhuru Kenyatta angered Kenyans during his interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour because of lying about shutting down TV stations.
In the interview, President Kenyatta told the news anchor that the stations were shut only on January 30, the day of ODM leader Raila Odinga’s mock ‘swearing-in’.
“They were shut down on a single day when Raila Odinga went and purported to swear himself in as president of the Republic of Kenya. That was the only day. You can do your homework and check: the only day that they were shut down,” he told CNN’s, Christiane Amanpour.
The fact of the matter was that after the January 30 shutdown of transmission systems, signals for NTV and KTN News were allowed back on air on February 5 while those for Citizen TV and Inooro TV were restored on February 8.
6. Joseph Jowie Irungu’s Parents
Parents of Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, the main suspect in the Monica Kimani murder case, gave contradicting information when invited for an interview on NTV.
During the interview, Irungu’s father stated that his mother called him on phone to inform him that Jowie had been arrested.
However, the mother gave a different account of events stating that she did not call Jowie’s father to inform him of his son’s arrest for fear that he might faint since they had left their son in the hospital.
The parents also gave different accounts on how they were informed by Jowie about his engagement to TV journalist Jacque Maribe.
On his part, Irungu’s father told Okari that he found out about the plans via a phone call but the mother stated that he went home and informed them of his plans to engage Maribe.
7. Raila Odinga and Hussein Mohamed
A highly-publicised interview of National Super Alliance (NASA) flag-bearer Raila Odinga on Citizen TV elicited sharp reactions on how it was covered.
It was his first extensive media interview after the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta when the two resolved to bury the hatchet in the midst of political tensions.
Odinga bluntly evaded delving into four controversial topics that became of great public interest. He stated that he would not talk about Miguna, accusing the lawyer of “treating him badly” despite the many times he (Raila) had purportedly shown good will.
Raila was put on the spot to divulge whether he will be on the Presidential ballot box during the 2022 General Election but he vehemently refused to give an answer.
He also steered clear of talking about Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s remarks that NASA coalition was dead and kept mum about the details surrounding his mock swearing-in.
8. Rick Ross and Amina Mohamed
Rick Ross’s first ever interview in Kenya was on NTV’s The Trend with Amina Mohamed and due to his celebrity status, it was highly anticipated.
Kenyans could tell that she was really excited to be hanging out with the boss as she kept him so engaged that some people thought it was a bit too much.
The chemistry between Amina and Rick Ross was visible and Churchill Show comedians Mammito and Sleepy David decides to recreate a mock of the interview.
9. Cecilia ‘shosh‘ Wangari and BBC
80-year-old Cecilia Wangari, who is the owner of Shosh Sound Systems dumbfounded Kenyans after finding out that she fixes audio systems.
Speaking during her interview, she divulged that she opens her shop, in which she has four workers including her grandson Samson Kamau, 8 a.m daily and closes when the day’s work is done.
The grandmother challenged many Kenyans because of her age, having been at her job for three years.
10. Msupa S and Amina Mohamed
Budding musician Msupa S made entertainment headlines when she appeared on The Trend with Amina Mohamed.
The self-proclaimed rap queen likened her skills to those of the famous musician Beyoncé and Kenyans found it hilarious because she (Beyoncé) is not considered a rapper.
Kenyans were amused at her confidence despite the fact that many people disapproved of her music.
Beyonce later proved Msupa S right when she released her collaborative album with Jay Z where she raps.